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The styling turns me off. I think the chassis is also heavier, which I dislike. Definitely glad I got an 09 instead. Now if it had a v6, I'd gladly suffer all that, but it doesn't.
It kinda looks more like the Ford Focus, and I hate those.
well yeah but, for real, 95% of customers who buy mazdas will ahve all their service done at a dealer. not everyone is savvy enough to buy off of ebay and i wouldn't trust many cheap d2s bulbs in my xenons if i had them. at least there's an implied warranty through a dealer.
also good luck replacing anyhting in the bi-xenon that ISN'T sourced through a dealer. that shit is mad tight and mad expensive.
This April’s issue of Car and Driver tested the ’10 Mazda 3 s GT. They liked it.
The Highes: “Loves to romp, upscale trim, gee-whiz mini nav, manual has six speeds.”
The Lows: “Cabin noise, stiffer ride, snug back seat, options prick up the price.”
The Verdict: “It definitely has the chops.”
With regard to acceleration, it was 2.5 seconds to 30 mph, 7.7 seconds to 60 mph, 21.4 seconds to 100 mph. It pulled a 16.0 quarter at 88 mph. (According to C&D, the previous generation Mazda 3 with the 2.3 liter and manual transmission was 7.3 seconds to 60 mph.) C&D was clear to point that the 2010 Mazda 3 required two shifts before 60 mph while the 2006 Mazda 3 required only one. According to C&D, that extra shift “always costs a few eye blinks.”
Curb weight was 3,038lbs. Drag coefficient was .29. Sixth gear cranked about 2,440 rpm at 60 mph. Price as tested was $26,000 (est).
It's pretty strange and risky they decided to put a happy face for a front grill on the car. I saw a 2010 sedan in person and the happy face didn't look bad. I'd have to see it on the road though.
I like the steeper slope of the top doorlines. That's in these days with many cars - CX-7, Toyota Matrix, etc...
There's a character line on the 2010 3 5 door, the rear door. I thought, 'that could really suck' if got dinged on that line - seems would be tough to have fixed. I heard PDR works best on flat surfaces.
I'm actually surprised you thought the '10 was a step up. I also have an '07 sedan (2.0 i touring, manual trans) and was excited to see the new 3 at the dealership. I took one out today (2.0 sedan, manual) and found the experience mixed at best.
Good: finally added a trunk release to the key fob (which now contains a cool switchblade key), quieter ride, nicer audio/cruise control interface on the steering wheel, clean look to the interior including a more driver-centric dash, interior mood lighting, nice looking new wheels
Mediocre: Quality of most of the interior plastic is a step down from '07 (specifically door moldings, lower dash pieces, center console), glove box is now smaller with a cheaper feel, clutch take-up is very light, gas gauge is now electronic and out of character, seat fabric is poorer quality than in '07
Bad: Power-assisted steering is light and floaty removing road feedback from the wheel, gear shifter slightly more notchy and vague than '07, engine sound is tinny with different and new exhaust package
Overall, the car is still a good one, but driving the '10 inclined me to love my '07 that much more. I'll avoid exterior styling commentary because beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however I was thoroughly disappointed with the driving dynamics of the new car. I understand from the recent Car and Driver review that the '10 still hits the same 0.85g on the skidpad as the previous generation, but the car achieves that number with thoroughly less of a connection between driver and road. After my test drive experience, I've decided the only thing I want to replace is the old key and fob of my '07 with the new switchblade combination key.
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